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Jennifer Bendery


Jennifer Bendery is Roll Call’s White House correspondent. Prior to taking over the beat in January 2010, she covered House and Senate leadership for three years. Jennifer’s other experience includes four years of reporting on the Texas State Legislature for GalleryWatch in Austin, Texas, and three years of covering health care policy for a number of national weekly newsletters based in Providence, R.I. She also worked in marketing for the San Francisco offices of book publisher John Wiley & Sons.

Bendery no longer works at Roll Call.

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Fears Grow as Obama Hits Trail

March 7, 2011

On the same day that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was taking steps to jump-start bipartisan talks to avert a government shutdown, President Barack Obama was in Florida trying to jump-start something else: his 2012 re-election campaign.

Bachmann Says Obama Should Apologize for Health Care Spending

March 4, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann is calling on President Barack Obama and House Democratic leaders to say “I’m sorry” for attaching mandatory spending to health care reform.

McConnell: Democratic Spending Cuts ‘Unacceptable’

March 4, 2011

The White House’s first compromise in the debate over keeping the government funded this year — a proposal to make $6.5 billion in cuts — is “unacceptable” and “unserious,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday.

GOP Leaders Agree to Attend Biden’s Budget Meeting

March 3, 2011

Congressional Republican leaders are now saying they will attend Thursday’s afternoon meeting with White House officials and Democratic leaders on the budget.

GOP Leaders Poised to Buck Biden’s Budget Meeting

March 2, 2011

White House efforts to bring Congressional leaders together Thursday to kick off bipartisan budget talks are already hitting a wall: GOP leaders are signaling they won’t be there.

Obama: Budget Deal Talks to Begin Now

March 2, 2011

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is dispatching top White House officials to “begin meeting immediately” with Congressional leaders to hash out a final budget for the year.

No Easy Path for Spending Deal

March 2, 2011

President Barack Obama is hoping to reprise his role as deal-maker-in-chief in the budget standoff simmering on Capitol Hill.

Obama Calls Boehner to Discuss CR

March 1, 2011

President Barack Obama called Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday to discuss progress on the continuing resolution aimed at averting a government shutdown Friday.

Administration Says CR ‘Moving in Right Direction’

Feb. 28, 2011

The White House signaled support for House Republicans’ two-week continuing resolution Monday but warned Congress against making a habit of passing short-term spending measures.

Obama Backs Flexibility for States Under Health Care Law

Feb. 28, 2011

President Barack Obama threw a bone to governors Monday by announcing his support for a proposal to give states more flexibility in rolling out the health care overhaul — a move that is already being chalked up as a gimmick by some Senate Republicans.

Conrad Finds House GOP’s Stopgap CR Acceptable

Feb. 27, 2011

Signaling hope that Congress can avert a government shutdown, Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad said Sunday that House Republicans’ two-week spending proposal is “acceptable” while lawmakers negotiate a longer-term plan.

McCain, Lieberman Fault Obama’s Response to Libya

Feb. 27, 2011

Two key Senators on foreign policy criticized President Barack Obama on Sunday for not taking a more aggressive stance toward Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s crackdown on political protesters, with one calling for arming Libyans to form a new government.

Obama on Libyan Violence: ‘Entire World Is Watching’

Feb. 23, 2011

President Barack Obama condemned the recent violence in Libya as “outrageous and unacceptable” and called on the international community Wednesday to “speak with one voice” in support of the Libyan people.

Biden Hits Fundraiser for Rep. Maloney

Feb. 23, 2011

Vice President Joseph Biden is headlining a “birthday lunch” fundraiser for Rep. Carolyn Maloney on Wednesday.

Obama Calls Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

Feb. 23, 2011

President Barack Obama concluded Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and instructed the Justice Department to stop defending it in court — a major shift in Obama's stance on an issue that has dogged him throughout his presidency.

A Quiet Departure for Obama’s Top Lobbyist

Feb. 15, 2011

Even on his way out the door, White House Legislative Affairs Director Phil Schiliro still won’t take credit for his role in making the 111th Congress one of the most productive in decades.

Obama on Spending: Everybody Has to Give

Feb. 15, 2011

President Barack Obama defended his budget Tuesday against GOP criticisms during a last-minute press conference.

Obama Renews Outreach to GOP

Feb. 9, 2011

President Barack Obama hosted his second meeting with Republican leaders in less than a week Wednesday, a move that comes just days before the House takes up its first major spending battle of the new Congress.

Obama to Chamber: ‘We Can and Must Work Together’

Feb. 7, 2011

President Barack Obama continued his campaign to win over the business community with a speech at the U.S. Chamber of the Commerce on Monday — a move that didn’t appear to earn much support from House Republican leaders.

Social Media Goes Viral on Capitol Hill

Feb. 6, 2011

When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) decided to run for Minority Leader after Democrats lost the House in November, she wanted to get the news out fast and cast a wide net. So she tweeted it.

J-Lo to Watch Super Bowl With Obama

Feb. 4, 2011

Entertainers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will be among the more than 100 guests at President Barack Obama’s Super Bowl party on Sunday.

Obama to Huddle With McCain, Bingaman

Feb. 2, 2011

President Barack Obama will meet with two key Senators on Wednesday as he begins his effort to move forward on issues with bipartisan support after the State of the Union.

Obama to Mubarak: Transition Must Begin Now

Feb. 1, 2011

Hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election, President Barack Obama said the U.S. ally must begin making major changes to his government immediately if he wants to preserve stability in his country.

Mubarak Says He Will Not Run for Re-Election

Feb. 1, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term in September after 30 years of rule, a move that caps a week of scrambling by the Obama administration to respond to growing political unrest in Cairo.

Huntsman to Leave Post as China Ambassador

Jan. 31, 2011

Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to China, submitted a letter of resignation Monday amid speculation that he may be pursuing a Republican presidential bid in 2012.

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